Nestled in the Himalayas, Kullu is a valley gifted with nature’s charm and scenic beauty. Splashing rivers, water streams and lofty mountains with finest of slopes make it a place perfect for adventure sports. It has numerous temples and is therefore, called the “Valley of Gods”. Celebration of Dussehra is in itself a prime attraction of the valley attracting many tourist every year. The main attractions of Kullu are highlighted below:
One of the prime tourist attractions of Kullu is the Raghunath Temple which is dedicated to Lord Ram, one of the most important deities of Hinduism. This temple was constructed by Raja Jagat Singh in the year 1660 to ask for pardon for his sins. The king got an idol of Lord Ram from Ayodhaya and placed it in this temple.
Bijli Mahadev Temple
The Bijli Mahadev Temple is located at an elevation of 2460 meters and as the name suggests the temple is frequently struck by lightning.
This is one of the major tourist attractions in Kullu and this palace house beautiful miniature paintings done on Kullu style with themes such as simple rural backgrounds with human figures in them.
Basheshwar Mahadev Temple
Located 15 km from Kullu, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Dating back to the 9th century and situated on the banks of the River Beas, this huge temple has been built in a pyramid style and houses a large “Yoni-Lingam” idol representing Lord Shiva and his wide Goddess Parvati. Idols of Goddess Durga, Lord Vishnu and Lord Ganesh are housed in the three sided shrine outside the temple.
Popular as one of the most popular bazaars and shopping areas of Kullu, Akhara Bazaar has numerous shops selling Kullu caps, shawls, Pattoos, gudmas, puhlas, rugs and other woolen items.
Places to See in Manali
A popular tourist destination, beautiful Manali has a lot to offer tourists. Here are a few places of interest in Manali:
Also known as the Dhundri temple is a temple made out of wood and stone. Constructed in 1553, the Hadimba Temple was built in honour of Goddess Hadimba, the wife of Bhim from the Mahabharata. The walls of the temple are covered with woodcarvings and on the month of May each year, animal sacrifices are carried out here for the three day Dhungri Mela.
Since a lot of Tibetans live in Manali there are many beautiful Buddhist monasteries here. A few of the popular ones are the Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa Monastery, which is famous for medium size statue of Lord Buddha and multi coloured wall paintings. The other popular monastery is the Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa, which is popular for a large statue of Buddha with a golden face.
One of the many exciting Manali Tourist Attractions, the Nehru Kund is only a 6 km journey from the heart of the Manali Town towards Keylong. The Nehru Kund is actually a spring which was named after the first prime minister of India – Late Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru. The serenity of the place will please any mortal on earth. The respected prime minister loved visiting the place and drink the crystal clear water from the spring when he used to stay in Manali.
One needs to travel about 10 kilometers from the picturesque hill station of Manali to reach the fascinating Solang Valley. At an altitude of about 8500 feet above the sea level one can enjoy the bliss of nature on the banks of the river Beas.